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Wood Slice Christmas Magnets From Vintage Cards

These DIY Christmas magnets are SO easy to make and are a perfect gift idea! Use your own cards or the free printable included.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never Mod Podged before, you will be successful with this project. The pieces are small enough that it isn’t hard to remove wrinkles.

Wood Slice Vintage Christmas Magnets From Cards

Hi everybody! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and today I am back to share a fun and ridiculously easy holiday DIY with you! Christmas is my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year! I can’t get enough!

DIY Christmas card magnets using wood slices

One of my favorite things to collect is vintage Christmas cards. I use them all the time for holiday crafting, either by using the cards themselves or scanning them and using the prints.

I have been wanting to make some Christmas magnets for the fridge, so when I saw these little wood slices at Michaels, I knew they would be perfect for the job!

DIY Christmas Magnets

Here’s What You Need:

Printable (click the image to get it):

Mod Podge Christmas magnets printable

Instructions:

Wood slices, vintage Christmas printable, magnets, and a mechanical pencil

The first thing you need to do to make your Christmas magnets is select your images. Either print out the printable that I have included or gather your own holiday images.

Tip: Either print laserjet, or spray seal both sides of the inkjet jet print out with clear sealer or hairspray. This prevents bleeding of the inkjet.

The squares in my printable are 2.5″ which will fit most wood slices. They come in different sizes.

If you want a particular size to fit the wood slices you have, then measure the wood and adjust the size of your print accordingly. Please note that I used cardstock to print, regular printer paper is a little too thin and wrinkles easier.

Wood slices on top of the vintage Christmas printable with a pencil

Now lay the wood slices on top of the printed squares on your printable and get them where you like them. Then trace around the wood slices on the paper with your pencil.

Christmas images cut out to fit wood slices with a pair of scissors
vintage Christmas images and wood slices

Remove the wood slices and then cut out your circular shapes. Cut inside the pencil line by about 1/16 to 1/8th of an inch so you will see just a little of the wood on the front.

Wood slice and a paintbrush with Mod Podge at the end

Now you are ready to decoupage. Paint a thin layer of regular Mod Podge (matte or gloss,) onto the backside of your paper circle.

Vintage themed Christmas magnets and a brayer

Then lay the paper face up onto the front of the wood slice and smooth out the paper getting out any air bubbles or excess medium.

You can use a brayer if you like for added smoothness. If you don’t have one, don’t sweat it, your fingers work just fine.

Bottle of Mod Podge sparkle, Christmas magnets on wood slices, and a paintbrush

To seal the pictures and add a little holiday glitz to your Christmas card magnets, paint a layer or two of Sparkle Mod Podge on the top of each of your decoupaged wood slices. Set them aside and let them dry thoroughly.

Adding glue to the back of a magnet

Once your wood slices are nice and dry, you are ready to finish them off by adding the magnets. Place a small dab of strong glue onto the backside of a magnet. Then lay that magnet, glue side down onto the center back of your wood slice.

Magnet glued to the back of a wood slice

Do the same with your other magnets. Let the glue dry and cure according to the package directions before you use the magnets.

Learn how to make sparkly Christmas magnets with Mod Podge on wood slices

I absolutely love my little Christmas magnets! They look awesome on my fridge and add a little extra cheer to my kitchen.

Mod Podge Christmas magnets

What I love so much about this particular DIY is that it is so darn easy, and these are fast to whip up too!

Wood slice holiday magnets with vintage images

These Christmas magnets would be a great project to do with your kids or your craft club while on break. You can make a whole bunch of them in well under an hour.

Christmas magnet DIY

I hope you will add this to your holiday crafty bucket list this year! I think you will love them too!

Wood Slice Vintage Christmas Magnets From Cards

Christmas Magnets

Yield: 4 magnets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Learn how to make DIY Christmas magnets with wood slices. Perfect for stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.

Materials

  • Christmas card printable or your own holiday cards
  • Small wood slices
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Strong magnets
  • E-6000

Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Print out images or gather cards for cutting out.
  2. Now lay the wood slices on top of your designs. Then trace around the wood slices on the paper with your pencil.
  3. Cut out the shapes. Cut inside the pencil line by about 1/16 to 1/8th of an inch so you will see just a little of the wood on the front.
  4. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the backside of a paper circle. Lay the paper face up onto the front of the wood slice and smooth, getting out any air bubbles or excess medium. Let dry and repeat.
  5. Paint a layer or two of Sparkle Mod Podge on the top of each of your decoupaged wood slices. Set them aside and let them dry thoroughly.
  6. Place a small dab of strong glue onto the backside of a magnet. Then lay that magnet, glue side down onto the center back of your wood slice. Let dry completely before using.

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If you all would like to see more of my work you can find me on my blog, My So Called Crafty Life, here.


For more holiday craft inspiration like these Christmas magnets, visit the following projects:

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Handmade Magnets in a Mason Jar

Wood slice painted holiday magnets

Stenciled Wood Magnets

I never know what to do with old holiday cards. With a little Mod Podge, you can turn them into recycled holiday Christmas card decor!
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Wanda Rodgers

Friday 2nd of December 2016

Amy, I love this idea and did make coasters like these. I gave them as gifts. Everyone loved them. Such a cute idea to add Christmas cards and make magnets!

Amy

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

Yay! I'm glad you had fun with them! :D

Monique

Friday 2nd of December 2016

Hi, Amy! These are so cute! I was wondering though, would the same steps apply if i were to make coasters?

Amy

Friday 2nd of December 2016

Yes Monique though I would add one more! Paint Minwax Polycrylic on top so that any moisture or heat doesn't ruin the coaster. :D

Carmen

Monday 14th of November 2016

Thanks for sharing. The instructions are very easy to follow. I have been collecting Christmas cards since I was little. Now I can put some of them to good use. :)

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Cute idea, and a great way to recycle Christmas cards! Thanks for sharing!